Make Labor Day Weekend Gorgeous with These Beauty Must-Haves

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Labor Day Weekend is the unofficial end to summer – all the    more reason to make sure  you are equipped with a beauty arsenal to make it a gorgeous weekend to remember! From smooth legs to the perfect mani, these products have you covered sun up to sun down.

Get a super close shave and dare to bare all with the BIC Soleil Glow razor, which effortlessly glides for a silky-smooth finish.  The innovative COMFORT SHIELD™ head evenly distributes pressure and helps protect skin from irritation. Lubricating strips with Vitamin E and Aloe pamper skin while the pivoting head and rubber grip handle deliver a flawlessly smooth shave. $7.49 for three at mass market retailers

A bright manicure is the perfect accessory! Go bright with the Maybelline New York Color Show Nail Lacquer inPink Shock, Shocking Seas or Iced Queen. These chip-free nail colors are Formaldehyde, DBP and Toluene free. $4.99 at drugstores

Enhance your summer radiance with the VMV Hypoallergenics Tarte-A-Tan Bronzer which gives skin the perfect hint of color. Virgin coconut oil provides anti-aging benefits and moisturization and green tea provides antioxidant benefits.  $40 at VMVHypoallergenics.com.

Pucker up at the beach with Laura Geller Beauty Sun Kissed Lip Balm, a modern and addictively hued lip balm that protects tender lips with broad spectrum SPF 15 coverage and a hint of subtle color. Availabe in 3 on-trend, juicy shades, Sun Kissed Lip Balm is the perfect recipe for a healthly, beautiful look. $32 for the trio at QVC.com

No weekend getaway is complete without SPF and Orgo makes it easier than ever to apply with the Completely Weightless SPF 29 Sunscreen Face Spray. Convenient and non-greasy, this light-as-a-feather formula absorbs quickly, without leaving behind a heavy residue. Micronized Titanium Dioxide provides maximum spray-on protection against the sun’s harmful rays. Best of all, it can be reapplied throughout the day without ruining makeup. $32 at BeautyCirque.com

3rd Annual BeauytCon – LA

3rd Annual BeauytCon Los Angeles presented by ELLE Magazine

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BeautyCon—the preeminent global summit for top digital fashion and beauty influencers, and their ever-growing number of fans—returned  to Los Angeles for its third-annual summit. BeautyCon Los Angeles was held in partnership with ELLE, at the LA Mart, on August 16th from 10am-6pm, marking the second stop for BeautyCon’s 2014 event series.

BeautyCon is the place where hundreds of content creators—professional beauty gurus, editors, celebrities, bloggers and YouTube personalities—come together to network, discuss the future of online media, and interact with their fans. More than 6,000 of those fans gathered at the LA Mart to participate in interactive presentations, attend panels, create content, engage with a variety of top brands, shop, play games, and interact with some of the most popular fashion and beauty icons in the digital space.  

This daylong experience was geared toward the tech savvy and socially connected group BeautyCon’s creators have dubbed, “Generation Connected.” Gen C, also known as the YouTube generation, is a group—80% of which is comprised of Millennials—who care deeply about creation, curation, connection and community, and is a powerful new force in the consumer culture. Brands that participated included; NYX Cosmetics, American Apparel, Uberbliss, Tarte Cosmetics, Salon Perfect, Crown Brushes, Lola V, The Platform, Insta Brand, The Hunt, Covergirl, Luster White, Shea Moisture, Bellami Hair, Cult Gaia, Stila, Too Faced, Mr. Kate, StyleHaul, and Panasonic Beauty to name a few.

Created to inspire and cultivate a new generation of online fashion and beauty trendsetters, BeautyCon also introduced the BeautyCon Fashion Fan Club (BFF Club) where guests were able to sign up and receive special promotions, meet & greets, personalized shout outs from their favorite YouTube sensations amongst other perks.

The panels for the day were:

How Do You Wear Your Inner Beauty? Hosted by Emily Greener of (I AM THAT GIRL) Kandee Johnson Evelina Barry, Jenn Im, Shameless Maya, Alexa Losey , Mindy, Teni Panosian, MakeupByMandy24, Brittany Mota-Wiley.

Keep On Keepin On Hosted by Lindsay Albanese, Elle Fowler, Blair Fowler
ItsMyRayeRaye, Bunny Meyer, Sazan Barzani, Clare Marshall, CutePolish
Amy Heidemann.

Q+A with Aimee Song, Michael Blaney + Shay Mitchell Hosted by Jeannie Mai, Aimee Song, Michaela Blaney, Shay Mitchell.

Hi Haters, Bye Haters Hosted by Christina Topacio, AllieMarieEvans, Brittny Gastineau, Teala Dunn, Gabi Gregg, Allison McNamara, MayBabyTumbler , Kate Albrecht, Missy Lynn

Keynote – Q & A: Hosted by Jeannie Mai, Kelly Osbourne, Bethany Mota.

Here are a few shots from the day:

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Kelly Osbourne

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Shay Mitchell

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YouTube Sensation – Bethany Mota

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Jeannie Mai

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Michaela Blaney, Shay Mitchell & Aimee Song

There was also a special performance from British Band, Rixton, at the BeautyCon LA’s After Party.

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Photo Credit: (Alex Wyman/AP Invision)(Jordan Strauss/AP Invision)

The ABC’s of Healthy Skin with VMV Hypoallergenics

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Beauty School is in Session:

The ABC’s of Healthy Skin with VMV Hypoallergenics

There is just something about Fall that makes us want to hit Refresh. While we might not be heading back to the classroom, Fall is the perfect time to get back to beauty basics to ensure an A+ complexion. Here the experts at VMV Hypoallergenics, the gold standard in hypoallergenicity, provide skin care A-B-C’s to keep in mind for healthy, radiant skin all year-long.

Apply sunscreen daily. While this may seem like a no brainer, applying SPF even when beach days are over  is a must. Exposure to harmful UVA and UVB rays is a daily reality – outdoors from sun exposure (yes, even during those cool days) and indoors from the UV rays leaked by compact fluorescent lights and omnipresent computer screens. Wear at least SPF 30 daily, regardless of the season. Look for a sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB rays. For added protection, dust powder that contains SPF, such as the Illuminants Brilliant Finish 25 Powder Foundation over sunscreen. This brightening, protective powder-foundation works as an SPF 25 physical barrier while masking hyperpigmentations and other imperfections.

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Beauty Lesson: Sunscreen, never leave home without it.

Brush cleaning. Fact: It’s easier to prevent blemishes than to treat them, and if you’re not cleaning your brushes regularly, treatments won’t completely prevent flare-ups. Keep skin clear by washing brushes often. Go one step further in the quest for a clear complexion, by choosing brushes with anti-microbial properties. Look for synthetic bristles as they accumulate less bacteria than natural, animal-hair bristles. Try the VMV Hypoallergenics Skintelligent Beauty Brushes ($15-$32). Available in 8 styles, these luxe bamboo-handled brushes feature soft, synthetic bristles for gentle, yet professional application. Beauty Lesson: Dirty makeup brushes and applicators can spread bacteria (leading to infection, acne and irritation), therefore mitigating the steps you are taking to keep skin glowing. Wash brushes often!

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Cleanse according to skin type. There’s no doubt that cleansing is a key element in any skin care routine but for best results, opt for cleanser specific to your skin type. VMV has a full line of specialized cleansers – ranging from acne-prone to anti-aging. However, all skin types should always opt for pH-neutral cream cleansers and avoid over cleansing; twice a day is really all you need.

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Beauty Lesson: Cleansing is the first step of a skin care regimen. Make the most of it by using skin-concern-specific creamy cleansers.